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Trampling on Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia and the US

A month ago an Arabic video named ‘Hwages’ went viral. The direct translation of this title is ‘concerns’ and the video explores just that. In the video we see several women dressed in Hijabs playing basketball, riding skateboards and dancing. ماجد العيسى – هواجيس | Majedalesa – Hwages

The video created by 8ies pokes fun at the lack of women’s rights in Saudi Arabia and how women are forced to become so reliant on men. It has received over 3 million views.

In the video, there is also reference to America’s next President Donald Trump who has said that he will appoint more conservative judges to the Supreme Court. Many in the US fear that with more conservative judges, the law of Roe v. Wade will be reversed, making abortion illegal- one of the fundamental freedoms for a woman. This video attempts to raise awareness to the still prevalent gender inequality in society and presents it in a satirical way. Even today in Saudi Arabia, women are still unable to obtain a passport or travel without consent from either their father, husband or male relative, wear clothes or makeup that show off their beauty or even compete freely in sports

'Trampling on Women’s Rights in Saudi Arabia and the US' have 2 comments

  1. January 7, 2017 @ 11:46 pm Saloni Hora

    I had heard about the video, but hadn’t seen it, so am intrigued that they made a reference to Trump and the Supreme Court. Interesting that even Saudi women recognise this to be a potential threat to gender equality. Great article – thank you for the interesting insights.


  2. January 9, 2017 @ 8:43 am Ella Carlsson

    Great Article! I saw the video a while back and thought it was really interesting, hadn’t seen the link to the US until now though. However, I’m wondering if there will be any sort of repercussions for these women for posting this video?


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